Gustavo Dudamel

From the United Nations to humble town squares to the great concert halls of the world, Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that access to the arts is an essential catalyst for learning, integration and social change. Whether at home with his Los Angeles Philharmonic or touring to orchestras of the Americas, Europe or Asia, Dudamel continues to encourage projects that demonstrate the extraordinary capacity of art to transform the lives of children worldwide.

Gustavo Dudamel and students of Sistema Ravinia, 2018.

Gustavo Dudamel and students of Sistema Ravinia, 2018.


This commitment is fuelled by his own transformative experience in Venezuela's El Sistema, a program initiated in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu with the goal of promoting social development through music education. Over forty years later, programs modelled on Maestro Abreu's vision are active in over 100 countries, providing millions of young people around the world with free access to quality, intensive music education.

Inspired by these examples, Dudamel has made it his central mission to expand access to art for young people while providing opportunities for individual empowerment and social integration. Working with international musical, educational and philanthropic partners through the projects of the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, he continues to expand the reach and relevance of music and the arts as forces for positive societal transformation – for today and for future generations.

For these efforts, Maestro Gustavo Dudamel has been recognised with honours and awards including:

  • 2018 Art of Change Fellow of the Ford Foundation

  • Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic & Cultural Merit

  • Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award

  • 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society

  • Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts

  • Glenn Gould Prize

  • French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, 

  • Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for the Artsand, along with his mentor José Antonio Abreu

  • “Q Prize” from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children.

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